Forum Super Search
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Train Type:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    

Full Site Search
Mon Jan 16, 2017 18:48:03 ISTHomeTrainsΣChainsAtlasPNRForumGalleryNewsFAQTripsLoginFeedback
Mon Jan 16, 2017 18:48:03 IST

Blog Entry# 1367096  
Posted: Feb 12 2015 (07:51)

18 Responses
Last Response: Feb 25 2015 (18:22)
★★★  General Travel
Feb 12 2015 (07:51)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT)

PKV*^~   19055 blog posts   70 correct pred (79% accurate)
Entry# 1367096            Tags   Past Edits
I travelled by this train from Howrah to Chennai on the 20th of October, 1979. Well nothing great about that as it was just one among perhaps as many as 25 journeys I have undertaken by this train in its various avatars as 3 UP, 6003 UP, 2603 UP , 2839 UP and now 12839 UP.
However, the intriguing part of this particular journey is that after it departed from Howrah at 20.35 hours, the first 4 halts for this train were like an entry from RIPLEY’S believe it or not. The stoppages at BURDWAN, DURGAPUR, RANIGANJ and ASANSOL may in fact make you think I was going to Delhi and not Madras. From Asansol we changed course and veered away
to Tatanagar before following the Howrah-Mumbai line up to Jharsuguda. Then followed yet another deviation towards Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Rayagada, Vizianagaram and finally Waltair. Thereafter it was familiar territory to Madras via Vijayawada.
This merry-go-round route was because of breaches in the tracks between Howrah & Kharagpur as well as in several places in Orissa, due to heavy rains and floods. As a result the Coromandel remained cancelled for more than a month while the Mail was diverted on a circuitous route through the Eastern Railway network. The South Eastern Railway authorities had published in the media the revised schedule of the train which was as follows :
Howrah 20.15
Asansol 00.15
Tatanagar 4.15
Rourkela 6.50
Jharsuguda 8.20
Sambalpur 9.20
Titlagarh 12.20
Rayagada 14.20
Vizianagaram 16.20
Waltair 18.10
Rajahmundry 21.45
Vijayawada 1.00
Madras 10.00
In accordance with the revised schedule, the train departed from Howrah with a delay of 20 mns at 20.35 hrs and reached Madras only 15 mns late at 10.15 on the 3rd day morning. Incidentally I returned by the 4 DN Mail leaving Chennai on 30th October and it traversed the same route. Only this time it took 3 hours more leaving Chennai at 18.15 and arriving at Howrah on 1st November at 10.50 am. In the 115 year-old history of this train, this was probably the longest distance it had covered.

13 posts - Thu Feb 12, 2015

Feb 12 2015 (17:08)
SRG*^~   34903 blog posts   150922 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 1367096-14            Tags   Past Edits
Imaginary ante...Ekkavallu ekkavachu :)

Feb 12 2015 (17:44)
Guest: 1412000a   show all posts
Re# 1367096-15            Tags   Past Edits
Agreed, this is very punctual train. I have travelled both this train and her room-mate Coromondel (as both of them share same rakes) the full distance. And both the trains reached their destination before-schedule. Even to be honest, I felt bit troubled when Chennai Mail brought me to Howrah at 03:50AM in the morning. I had to wait at HWH for 2Hrs. :)

Feb 12 2015 (19:43)
PKV*^~   19055 blog posts   70 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 1367096-16            Tags   Past Edits
You are right Avishek. In fact I would rate this as my MOST FAVOURITE TRAIN if not for anything else then for purely sentimental reasons. This was the train in which I undertook my first solo (unaccompanied) train journey as a 10-year old. It was the first and only train in which I had the privilege of a breakfast in the DINING CAR. That was also the first time I tasted OMLETTE & FRENCH FRIES, possibly in 1963. Above all IT WAS THE FIRST TRAIN IN INDIA TO BE HAULED BY A DIESEL ENGINE in the year 1965. So there is a great deal of history and nostalgia associated with it.

Feb 13 2015 (11:42)
Pilgrim   1046 blog posts
Re# 1367096-17            Tags   Past Edits
Thank you. Even now it has an unbelievable TT- So many stops but covering in 28 hours, always punctual or early.

Feb 25 2015 (18:22)
१२५५९ शिवगंगा सुपरफास्ट एक्सप्रेस १२५६०*^~   7494 blog posts   4517 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 1367096-18            Tags   Past Edits
Mail is still the first choice for the travellers between mas-hwh

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Thu Jan 26
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Tue Jan 31
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Wed Feb 15
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Tue May 16


Rail News

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 2126247
    Jan 13 (11:57PM)

    Here are some guidelines for members regarding the new Report button and the revamped FM system: 1. If you have ANY complaint about a blog or ANY other issues, please USE the Report button and file a Complaint. Most complaints are resolved by FMs within seconds/minutes. (Some require further discussion). FMs have...
  • Entry# 2125399
    Jan 13 (08:58AM)

    Often we have some TL Entries seemingly in WaitList forever. Usually, the reason for this is that TLMs have already looked at the TL Entry but are not confident enough to Confirm it or are looking for more inputs from the Member regarding the source, etc. And this delay eventually causes...
  • Entry# 2122843
    Jan 10 (10:15PM)

    This is to address persistent and lingering questions about FM Appointments: . 1. Being an FM is a service. It is NOT supposed to be some kind of "reward" or "medal" to "deserving" members. The ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE of the process is to promptly handle/look into Reports filed by members, which is expected to...
  • Entry# 2115377
    Jan 04 (12:30AM)

    There are some changes to the Forum section. . The Objection feature is now completely GONE. We now only have a "Report Abuse" button. When the Report button is used, an alert is sent to the "Forum Monitor" group. ALL FMs will see an "FM Alert" notification at the top. Thereafter, they will...
  • Entry# 2095722
    Dec 18 (11:34PM)

    Very soon, we shall have a points-system for Timeline updates, Atlas updates, News updates, Blog Tagging, News Tagging, Blog Tagging, etc. The reason for this is that some kinds of updates require more hard work and are more useful than others. Up-to-date News about late-running trains, updating TTs of trains only...
  • Entry# 2034010
    Oct 24 2016 (12:18AM)

    This is to address queries in the Forum about our various Groups - Admin, TL Monitor, FAQ Monitor, etc. . We are not appointing Admins anymore. Before Monitors, we had just one group called the Admin group. Now, we have the various Monitor groups. Our Admins themselves are members of the various Monitor...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom

Go to Mobile site